A woman wearing a head scarf on the Orange Line came under attack Monday night by a man who started screaming anti-Muslim slurs at her and hit her in the back with an umbrella before using his fists and feet to knock out a window, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Sean Devlin, 34, was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail on charges of violating a person's civil rights, making a false bomb threat and malicious destruction of property over $250, the DA's office says. Should he make bail, he will have to stay away from the victim, the witnesses and all MBTA vehicles. Devlin listed two addresses: One in North Reading, the other of a Boston substance-abuse treatment center.
According to the DA"s office, the woman and Devlin were on an inbound car approaching North Station around 10:45 p.m.:
Prosecutors told the court that Devlin was onboard an inbound Orange Line train Monday night when he allegedly began shouting anti-Muslim slurs at a 61-year-old woman wearing a headscarf and making false accusations about her having a bomb that would “kill us all.” The victim and a witness both told responding Transit Police officers that Devlin hit the woman in the back with an umbrella, prosecutors said, for which he could face additional charges.
Devlin then allegedly kicked and punched a window of the train car until it shattered.
Transit Police arrested him at North Station. They found three small liquor bottles on him and that had warrants for misdemeanor offenses in Woburn, Somerville and Lowell, the DA's office reports.
In a statement, DA Dan Conley said:
Behavior like this is inexcusable. I want to commend the MBTA passengers, personnel, and others who reported and responded to it. There's no place for hate in Boston or Suffolk County.